Continuing with our study from Hebrews 5, we learn that Christians are to grow spiritually. We must learn to see far beyond this physical world, even beyond basic Christian principles, and focus on things above, striving for the promise of eternal life.
I. V1-3: LEAVING THE DISCUSSION
A. The word “perfection” simply means “”
B. When some Christians fail to grow spiritually, or perhaps forget the basic principles of what it means to be a disciple, what do they tend to do? They tend to , or .
C. What are some of the foundational teachings new Christians should know? (listed in 6:1-2)
Scripture References: John 3:16, 15:8; Rom 5:8, 6:1-4; 1 Tim 2:3,4; Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 3:27; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Mark 16:15,16; Acts 2:38, 8:17-18, 9:17; 2 Peter 1:5-10; Romans 12
II. V4-6: IT IS IMPOSSIBLE … TO RENEW THEM AGAIN
A. Verse 4-6 are teaching that if you , nothing else remains that can save you from your sins! It is IMPOSSIBLE to be saved !
B. Not only should they be (5:12) and need to (6:1) but they also need to ! (6:6)
C. Application: If you have become sluggish in your learning (as they had) and it requires repentance (as he is explaining here) then your !
D. The notion that we can or to make the church more marketable to the lost is wrong!
Scripture References: Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 3:12; 1 John 1:7; Eph 1:3
III. V7-12 WE ARE CONFIDENT OF BETTER THINGS CONCERNING YOU
A. Verses 6-7 are similar to the Parables of Jesus – the and the (Matt 13)
B. The solution is stated in verse 11 and 12, “we desire that each one of you …”. This can be accomplished by “… through faith and patience inherit the promises.”